India sticks to AstraZeneca vaccine ‘with full vigour’

India is not worried about some European Union countries suspending use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and will continue to roll out the shot in its huge immunisation programme “with full vigour”, a senior official said. The AstraZeneca shots are produced by India’s Serum Institute and known in the country as Covishield. The vaccine accounts … Read more

Japan court makes landmark ruling on same-sex marriage

A Japanese district court on Wednesday ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry is “unconstitutional”, setting a new precedent in the only G7 nation not to fully recognise same-sex unions. More than a dozen same-sex couples filed lawsuits in 2019 seeking to force the government to recognise gay marriage. In the first ruling on … Read more